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04 Jun 2021 06:02:09
Hi ed002, will there perhaps be a sharkopod in the works?


{Ed002's Note - Something like that will happen.}

1.) 04 Jun 2021 10:22:03
Looking forward to it. Just out of interest Ed you ever thought of doing your podcasts onto Spotify?

{Ed002's Note - No. This one will see Sparky respond to a special request and it will focus on his preferred music with the occasional transfer snippet.}

2.) 04 Jun 2021 14:48:42
That’s great. More Northern Soul please!

3.) 05 Jun 2021 03:27:59
Ed, with reports suggesting arsenal have bid 30/ 35 mil for Emi Buendia, does that mean a bid for Odegaard isn’t likely?

{Ed002's Note - I don't think Real Madrid will be selling Odegaard to Arsenal.}

4.) 06 Jun 2021 00:35:13
Sparky the dog right? I always wondered what pricks his ears up. Got a bit of rod on his playlist?



28 Jul 2019 00:46:42
Gonna be a debbie downer here.

Ed001s review of the day says 4 clubs have met Lille's asking price, one presumably Napoli, who Ed002 says have offered them their preferred replacement in the deal.
So it's going to be who Pepe picks, presumably, which very well may not be us!

So my excitement is very much on ice until I see any announcements from the club.

But hey, now we know there's 70m available, how about we buy a goddamn CB?!


1.) 28 Jul 2019 14:57:59
I agree with you, until its announced on the official Arsenal website, it ain't a done deal.

2.) 28 Jul 2019 21:42:09
I'm sure they're working on a cb. Remember not just anyone will do. And if we don't end up with one that's a big blow. But remember we have holding coming back and Chambers at the club again. Obv rather get someone in but maybe they could really step up. Wishful thinking I know.



15 Jan 2019 01:46:57
Why does xhaka start every game while we're getting rid of both ramsey and ozil?


1.) 15 Jan 2019 04:08:11
Completely different player to Ramsey/ Ozil. Our best midfield is still Xhaka/ Torreira with Mkhi, Ramsey, and/ or Ozil ahead of them. Bigger issue for me is why we are trying to break down a team like West Ham without a single attacking midfielder. We passed it around at the back for over an hour before Ramsey came on. It was quite a shocking performance from the manager IMO.

2.) 15 Jan 2019 06:12:14
Rather worryingly, the manager must think he is the best player we have for that position. scary thought.

3.) 15 Jan 2019 12:19:20
Without being funny Wire mate what sort of player is Xhaka?
I'm still not sure what he's supposed to be, his passing is poor as often as not and he gives the ball away in awful positions, he can't tackle or head a ball and as far as midfielders go I'm struggling to see what sort of player he is apart from the odd long range shot or pass that comes off of course.

4.) 15 Jan 2019 12:40:02
Pellegrini outcoached Emery w/ o a doubt. He has also managed to turn what was a directionless team under Slaven into a solid outfit. Emery has us conceding more goals - go figure.

5.) 16 Jan 2019 02:03:32
G62 Xhaka is a distributor. He is very good in that role until he makes a sloppy mistake, which he does basically once a game when he is not partnered with Torreira. When he plays with Torreira he is a totally different player because he is freed from last man duties that Lucas picks up.



31 Jan 2018 12:18:58
'The 29-year-old playmaker becomes the highest-paid player in the club’s history - earning around £350,000 per week before tax - in a deal completed this morning. '

350k? My god.


1.) 31 Jan 2018 12:40:39
About time Stan coughed up some cash to keep hold of our best assets, now just need to sort the defence out, get a keeper and let Xhaka work for the ground staff and we can look forward to success.

{Ed002's Note - It doesn't work like that.}

2.) 31 Jan 2018 13:07:17
i think what the ed perhaps means is that the owner is not coughing up anything. he's running it like a business and the club have to use their own resources.

with giroud and the likes of debuchy likely making way to reduce the influx in other wages and mertesacker retiring at the end of the season.

lets hope that the defensive midfield, cb and gk do not cost us a fortune so we have to go back shopping in lidl.

was nice shopping in waitrose for a bit this transfer window.

3.) 31 Jan 2018 13:12:25
Yeah we had to pay it to keep him because Man Utd would have easily payed that to sign him on a free. Held to randsom abit but he is one of the few world classs players we have that should be the top earner really.

4.) 31 Jan 2018 13:56:05
I really don’t understand why wenger doesn’t use Holding more often, he’s impressed me in each game he’s played. Just need a proper defensive midfielder and use ospina for god sake! He’s better than cech in every department so use ospina for the rest of the season then get cech out and bring another keeper in, cilisen from Barcelona would be good.

5.) 31 Jan 2018 16:17:52
Holding may become good, but he is far from the finished article. Goalkeeper is more thorny. Neither are up to much. Ospina is a good stopper, but his positioning and distribution are suspect, whilst Cech is way past his best. This has been an unresolved issue for far too long.



30 Jan 2018 23:19:37
Ive been travelling since june so have only seen a few games and the odd match highlights all season, but i'm always keeping tabs on our fortunes, and i can't say i'm sad about it. i'm young enough that wenger is the only manager I've ever known, but this is the worst arsenal team I've ever seen. Why is cech still being used? Ospina is woeful but cech is finished.

Maybe the defending is so bad that's he's a frightened rabbit and could carry on somewhere else, but i'd rather sczesny (spelling?) in goal right now. The two cbs are flapping at all times with no cover, bellerin looks like he's going to end up in the ranks of walcott/ wilshere/ ramsey/ ox after being destined for greatness not long avo. Why did we sell our only DM? Not long ago le coq was the first name on the pitch and now we sell him and play no DM because we have noone to play in the middle worthy to lace cazorlas boots.

Ozil can't carry a team and i don't see why he'd stay unless we throw ridiculous wages at him. Why buy lacazette if we're not going to play it fast and in behind? Why would aubameyang join this team? Why is iwobi even an arsenal player? Monreal is a poor mans left back but credit to him he looks like he's genuinely trying to be an arsenal player.

Our midfield is full of limplesa side passers, our play is dull and neither the style of the arsenal nor wenger football that i once knew. The teams of diabys, denilsons, artetas for all their flaws brought me entertainment. The days of losing but at least making a cracking game of it and just over-attacking were at least always a joy to watch even in the defeat and failure. Watching these days is neither entertaining nor a joyous result, i'm bored. If santi is finished why haven't we brought anyone in?
For the first time i have to say that i want wenger to leave at the end of the season.

So so bored.


1.) 30 Jan 2018 23:55:41
That you Raver?

Seriously, totally agree with everything you just posted.

{Ed033's Note - Probably not the Raver as there is no mention of Stringfellows or Subaru.

2.) 31 Jan 2018 00:38:24
And no spelling mistakes Ed 😉.

{Ed033's Note - I'm sure the raver is too busy powdering their nose to worry about spellings.

3.) 31 Jan 2018 09:18:07
I get the sentiment but I don't agree with everything you have written there. Wenger is still a big draw for players, and Aubameyang probably wants to a) play in a different league, b) try living in London and c) earn more money.

Iwobi and Bellerin will both be fine - we forget how young they both are and they will experience dips in form, and also plateau from time to time. We have to be patient to allow them that.

I am intrigued to see Auba and Laca in the same team to see how we work that - it is pretty easy to mark Lacazette out of the game due to how he plays, so having 2 quick strikers will give an opposition defence more to think about.

I do agree that AW needs to either walk or be shown the door though. There are abject performance all too regularly now, and these are players that are capable of smashing in 3 or 4 goals if they feel like it. The boss doesn't get them to 'feel it' enough. Ahem.

Overall, we support the team - “Play for the name on the front of the shirt, and they’ll remember the name on the back” - a bit more of that and we will all be in love again.




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28 Apr 2021 13:49:23
Let's all go on a hunger strike until sparky the wonder dog returns.




20 Apr 2021 21:28:01
this whole super league affair has seemingly been conducted by rich toddlers sniffing marching powder, hope they all end up being forced out the clubs.


{Ed014's Note - could this be a good time for Alisha Usmanov to make Stan an offer?

1.) 20 Apr 2021 21:36:30
There will never be a better time Ed014 mate, the tyrants who run our club are rocking on thier heels it's up to us to keep the pressure on and force them out.

{Ed014's Note - he made an offer before he sold out, that may now be an attractive offer if he comes back with it!

2.) 20 Apr 2021 21:59:48
Kronke had the opportunity on many occasions to sell to Usmanov but always said no, hopefully because he thought this Superleague was coming, so let’s hope this is the catalyst to get him out of our club.

3.) 20 Apr 2021 21:45:26
Marching powder. More like LSD absolutely off their heads. It’s a joke. Maybe some good will come of it. I think the powers should try and make them all sell up.

4.) 20 Apr 2021 21:51:41
I don't see how another super rich owner helps the fans! Surely this problem has been caused by rich owners seeking to increase their influence and control.

Do we really want to be chelski?!

{Ed014's Note - I get the feeling it’s the American owners wanting to turn it all into something akin to American football and the rest just look at the dollar signs Sally.

Kroenke is just so bad for us, no will to win, just a want for money.

5.) 20 Apr 2021 21:51:49
I want the Dangote fellow

He’s a true arsenal fan.

{Ed014's Note - I wouldn’t mind him either Mal.

6.) 20 Apr 2021 22:42:39
I agree that to Americans, this is all business. No respect for football as a game, or the institutions that it supports. Having lived in LA for many years I think the way American fans view their team is as an altar to kneel at. You are a fan, yes, but always a consumer first. It's even in the name - they call them franchises!

With football, especially in South America and Europe, your club is your community and a part of your life. Sadly, owners have caught on to this and have used the opportunity to exploit this relationship.

I am as adamant as I have ever been since he bought our club that Kroenke must go.

7.) 20 Apr 2021 23:08:47
Get them out I have always said it. The problem with Arsenal has been its owners not having a real footballing interest in the club. We need to accept the German system with a strong fan base ownership.



02 Dec 2020 22:14:12
When was the last arsenal premier League game that you really enjoyed watching?


{Ed047's Note - 4th October 2015 when Ozil and Sanchez ripped United a new one.

1.) 02 Dec 2020 22:48:29
Agree Ed047, that was the last time I was really blown away impressed by the fantastic performance we gave and the result we got. I was totally consumed by what I was watching and came away with a buzz than ran into the next day and beyond.

{Ed047's Note - my only disappointment was we didn’t get a lot more than the 3 mate after what was it, 20 minutes

2.) 02 Dec 2020 23:20:02
Arsenal 3-0 Chelsea 2016

Wenger again.

3.) 02 Dec 2020 23:24:44
Or was it 30 May 2015 FA Cup Vs Villa. Great day and great score. Nice to win in style

Another great Ozil and Sanchez day.

4.) 02 Dec 2020 23:28:16
But what a 20 minutes mate, we'd seen nothing like it for years and ate yet to see anything close to it since.

5.) 03 Dec 2020 11:31:24
December 2018 Us 4 Them 2! More of the same please COYG.



24 Jul 2020 03:27:34
Couple questions for Ed001:

Can you explain what it is that makes you rate Laca over Auba? I'm not an Auba fanboy at all, I don't rate him that highly and think the numbers make him look a lot better than he really is, but from what I've seen of Laca in an arsenal shirt I am not that impressed either in truth - am I blind? Or is it the tactics and players around him?

Also - in regards to Arteta and our abysmal offensive play - is it his tactics or do we simply not have the players (with ozil discarded) to play his tactics?


{Ed001's Note - Lacazette is a much better build up player, better vision, better touch, better passing, better movement. Aubameyang is a good goalscorer but offers no help to the team other than scoring, which is extremely important, don't get me wrong, but he could be so much more and chooses not to be. Lacazette, on the other hand, is involved in the game as more than just a goalscorer and he is capable of scoring goals too. The problem is that he is wasted in a system that does not give him the ball enough and allow him to use his strengths on the ball.

Is it the offence that is abysmal? From what I have seen it is defending that is the problem, you give up far too many chances, just like you did under Emery and Wenger. Offensively you just rely on countering, rather than patient build up of the play. If you have to build up slowly you lack any kind of playmakers, though you all seem to worship the extremely average Ceballos, he simply lacks the ability to thread the dangerous passes unlike an Ozil. It is much easier to play the passes on a quick break as there is more space to use, that's why those threaded passes are so difficult that Ozil does, they have to be exact. When you have Auba up front, he thrives on space to make use of his pace, when there is none he does not really have the movement to drag defenders around to create space for others.}

1.) 24 Jul 2020 09:16:00
The trouble with Ozil is that I don't think he really offers us much in the current system. His vision is unreal and his footballing brain is fantastic but he can't be a box to box midfielder. Due to the defensive frailties we are playing with a back 3 and using 2 in the centre and Ozil cannot play in that position. Ceballos has been an engine for us in recent games, winning tackles, travelling with the ball, switching the play and overall he just brings an uplift to the morale of the team.
Ozil has been and still is one of my favourite players in the sport and I was overjoyed when I finally saw the announcement that we had signed him. Maybe it's the system we've played over the years, maybe it's the fact the surrounding players haven't been good enough to really see him flourish but unfortunately right now, I don't think he can give us what we need.
It's a real shame but he needs to move on if he wants to reignite his career. The only way I can see him really performing is if we have players such as Partey and Torreira behind him to soak up the pressure and cover defensively, while Ozil stays higher up the pitch to do what he does best. He can't be relied on to do the donkey work deep in our own half.

2.) 24 Jul 2020 10:01:17
I think it's safe to say Mesut Ozil is pretty semi retired and will see out his contract enjoying life with his family unless called on to do otherwise.
Can't blame the bloke at all because when all said and done it was the club that gave him the crazy contract and then the club that changed its mind and decided it would like Mesut to leave in order to undo the clubs mistake. It's the clubs problem not Mesuts and I wish the bloke every happiness in his premature early retirement.

3.) 24 Jul 2020 20:24:58
Saw an amazing stat that ozil has somehow still created the most chances of all our players, despite barely playing, our other players seriously lack creativity.

4.) 24 Jul 2020 21:11:47
It's nuts Eden mate isn't it.
We give the bloke a contract to keep him at the club rather than let him leave for nothing then regret OUR decision so try to freeze him out.
He is the undisputed king of assists and has been for years not just at Arsenal but when measured in premier league terms and it was the same when he was in Spain and Germany before that.
I love the fact that Mesut is level headed enough to think " It's up to you, pay me to play for you or pay me to be spend time with my wife, your club your choice "

5.) 24 Jul 2020 23:59:26
Our defence and midfield is to weak to carry him.


Cedric Holding Saliba Tierney

Nelson Partey Granit Saka

Ozil PEA or Laca

Plenty quality to cover and he would improve the side.

6.) 25 Jul 2020 01:13:05
Personally think people need to give up on ozil. When arteta came in he gave a clean slate. Look how xhaka worked his way back in. So did mustafi and maybe ceballos. Yet ozil can't even make the bench anymore. Must be more too it surely.



21 Jul 2020 23:24:15
Let's be honest - offensively we are abysmal.

Liverpool game was luck. City game we made a couple chances and we took them.

Has anyone enjoyed watching us play since the restart other than the city game?

Coulda played another 90mins today and we wouldn't have got a shot on target.

Ozil is lazy, past his best, disinterested, has a sore back - whatever, at least if he was in the team we might manage a chance.

Happy the defence looks slightly less shambolic, but the squad, the style, the results seem to be on a constant decline.

I miss having a midfield and watching a team who, whatever the result, at least looked capable of scoring a goal. Would rather have Cazorla and Diaby in midfield than these clowns.


1.) 21 Jul 2020 23:53:21
We pass in a big semicircle around the other team's box because we don't have anyone to play forward passes in the final third, and no Giroud to bounce the ball off or nab crosses.

This is the main reason I was saying the other day that we desperately need a creative midfielder, someone like Ozil but who actually gives a toss. Say what you will about Guendouzi but he would have been perfect today. IMO we need someone like this more than we need Partey.

2.) 21 Jul 2020 23:57:45
The defence can’t defend and having no leaders at all doesn’t help. It means we leave people unmarked and have small people marking big people. Our experienced defensive leader should be doing that instead of spraying 50 yard balls. Without a Terry, Adams, Keown. we will be disorganised.
We need that on goal, defence and midfield.
Seaman, Adams, Paddy. Vs Leno, Luiz and Torriera.

3.) 22 Jul 2020 00:07:35
Like a Rambo?

4.) 22 Jul 2020 03:34:03
A rambo, a cazorla, a giroud, an ozil, like wire said anyone who can actually play a pass or hold the ball in the the oppositions box. No use having possession if nobody in the team can do anything with it. At least losing 4-3, knowing we could score at any moment was exciting.

5.) 22 Jul 2020 07:11:26
I guess when you don’t have a decent pair of centrebacks - you have to accommodate with 3 CBs and still make fullbacks defend and also still have 3 defensive midfielders which leaves you short on creativity but in our crazy world - still porous at the back to a school boy error at a corner. Surely someone saw him unmarked - Luiz looked like he was stood there looking at him.
Then throw in Pepe as our main inspiration to create - you have a misfiring problem.
We need to sort out the CDs and CDM properly so we can afford an Ozil - in my opinion.

6.) 22 Jul 2020 11:58:31
Defending isn't really our main issue, we are finally getting some clean sheets and stopping the flow of goals Emery was allowing. Our issue is controlling the game further up the pitch and preventing those errors in the first place. I don't buy that our lack of control is due to a back 5 either when we had all that possession in the final third.




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26 Jul 2021 22:03:45
Xhaka has always played with at international level. The game is as slow as he is.




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15 Jul 2021 20:36:22
The problem Davy is ESR is a kid, so they will want to manage him - he can't play every game. Although without Europe it's easier.




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26 Apr 2021 01:05:18
nooooo, i was even weirdly looking forward to the music and yer funny accent! come back ed002 : (.


{Ed002's Note - That won't be happening any more.}



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28 Oct 2020 12:29:15
Conley: (I believe that) German release clauses can only be activated by german clubs. for us it is essentially irrelevant.




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14 Oct 2020 10:09:55
Are you not amazed?!?!





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10 Aug 2021 15:25:03
Málaga you sly dog, did you just trick the ed into confirming Martinez won't be joining the raver and his chums?




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06 Aug 2021 18:14:43
He wants to move to Spain, not arsenal. Would love him here though.




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03 Aug 2021 17:42:02
I agree, xhaka has been the stalwart of our absence from the top 4. Let him go for free if we must just let him go.




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02 Aug 2021 13:23:23
EMI? :D.




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22 Jul 2021 03:56:25
Personally think we should drop our pride and offer villa double their money for Martinez.